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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Plough to pitches

Here, the story of the son of a Saurashtra farmer now in the spotlight as the man who will oversee the preparation of the Motera track for the third Test.
Parsanna has worked under many chairpersons in the pitch committee — constituted in 1995 — including Kapil Dev, K Srikanth, Kasturirangan and Venkat Sundaram.
He rates Kasturirangan as the best. ‘‘Being an engineer and a horticulturist he had induced more scientific techniques to the job of curating and changed the approach totally. The thorough knowledge regarding the pitch conditions and the methods adopted by him made him stand out from the rest,’’ elucidates Parsanna.
He laments,‘‘Much of the soil used in pitches in most of the venues are not nurtured well. Of the total 27 venues, 18 have no permanent curator and we do the job just five days before the match commences.’’

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